Wishful Knitting: Around Every Corner

I can’t remember where I saw this pattern but I was sucked in HARD by the Around Every Corner shawl pattern by Stephanie Lotven. The original was made in a solid grey with a gradient of reds. (Sorry I printed in grey scale to save ink).

My knitters brain knew I had the PERFECT yarn in my stash for this project. My wishful knitting shawl is going to have a green main color with a flower/tulip like gradient set from Bede Sisters Yarn Co. The solid green is just some Cascade sock yarn I had kicking around in my stash. I just have this mental picture of a garden inspired shawl.

I have the pattern printed and yarn all kitted up in a project bag. But what I don’t have is needles in the right size in the correct length. That and like five other active WIPs, lol. So I’m going to leave this in my project tote as a prize for getting some of my other WIPS off the needles.

Happy Knitting!!

WIP Wednesday: Garter Rainbow Wrap

I ended up staying home from work this past Monday with back pain. It’s hell getting old and out of shape. So after a trip to the chiropractor I settled myself into bed and spent ALL DAY KNITTING. I don’t appreciate the impetus but I’m not mad at the outcome.

I managed to add three full mini skeins to my Garter Rainbow Wrap. I started the day with teal, added the acid green and finished with the variegated green. When I finish this latest mini I will officially be halfway through my advent minis.

It’s becoming patently clear that I will run out of the white sock yarn. I’m going to dig around in my stash for other white scraps to see how far I can get without ordering yet more yarn, lo. Wish me luck!

Happy Knitting!!

Cast On: Dad’s 2021 Christmas Socks

My sock needles were empty and my purse lacked travel knitting after I finished my Advent Socks #3 last week. I wanted some instant gratification so I decided to go for some sport weight socks rather than more fingering weight socks.

I pulled some Regia 6-ply from my deep stash in the every helpful color of “6974”. This has been marinating since 2017 and needs to turn into socks for my Dad. He makes a point to rave how warm his feet are when he is hunting in my hand knit socks.

I am doing the “sock recipe” I have for my dad. I cast on 18 stitches with a wedge toe and then increased to 68 stitches on US 2 needles. My dad has a 13 inch foot and I’ll do a toe up gusset heel. I just need to pay attention to when I get to halfway through the skein so I leave enough yarn for the second sock.

Happy Sock Knitting!!

New Yarn, Specific Purpose

I was tempted by the siren’s call of yarn again. I watching my normal YouTube podcast and just happened to catch the Tommi’s first Moonstone Dyeworks update after her maternity leave. I was powerless to resist a base that I have never tried before: yak sock.

The color is called Hecate and its a wonderful chocolatey brown. The skeins is 100 grams and 437 yards/399.6 meters so that is a pretty good put up. The fiber content is 70% superwash merino, 20% yak and 10% nylon. The yarn feels soft in my hand and I can detect the darker undertones that the yak brings to the blend.

This yarn has a specific purpose (aside from trying a new yarn blend) and that is to join the Musselburgh Hatt by Ysolda Teague. The whole world seems to be making them and LOVING them so I want to see what the fuss is all about.

Happy Knitting!!

FO Friday: Advent Socks #3

My drought of FOs has been broken! My Advent Socks #3 are finally done, blocked and ready for my feet!

Pattern: My own 68 stitch toe up vanilla sock recipe with a gusset heel

Yarn: agirlandherwool 2020 advent mini skeins

Needle: US 1

Mods: None

I used roughly 84 grams of yarn to finish off these socks. And that equate to all but two yards of the very last mini skein from my advent calendar. I still have a good chunk of the full skein that came with the calendar but that is a bridge for another day. I am counting this as a win towards my goal of finishing off all my previous advent calendars before my 2021 calendars get here.

The socks fit fairly well and the BFL feel sturdy on my feet. I have already tucked these into my sock drawer to be ready for whenever fall decides to actually come to the Midwest, lol.

Happy Knitting!!!

Garter Peacefulness

My Garter Rainbow Wrap is swimming along nicely. I have three mini skeins completed and they look amazing!

The pink and purple sections have the increases and now I’m barreling down just straight garter knitting back and forth.

I am really digging the next few colors that are coming up. They are a series of cool blues and acidy greens. Since I am holding these mini skeins double with some white sock yarn the colors really do marl and blend pretty well.

Happy Knitting!!

Almost Done, Advent Cuffs

I am officially onto the last mini skein of my Advent Socks #3!

Last I took a photo of these I was just in the red/orange section of each sock. I powered through that color and the variegated pink that came next. My final mini is bright/hot pink that will finish out the minis portion of my 2020 Advent Calendar.

Bonus is that Agirlandherwool is a Pigskin Party KAL sponsor and this yarn will get me bonus points in the competition! Now I just need to finish them!

Happy Knitting!!

Two Advent Heels

Huzzah to me! I have two completed heels for my Advent Socks #3!

I am feeling all the mojo for these socks. The second heel is in and I’m cruising up both legs. The yarn is staying fairly well matched after my painstakingly splitting the minis as close to in half as possible.

I am getting ready to work a purple mini on both socks. After that I only have one mini left and I plan to rib most if not all of that mini skein to finish that sock.

Happy Friday and Happy Knitting!!

One Advent Heel

I followed where my mojo was leading and I focused on the heel of my first Advent Sock #3.

The heel turn went pretty smooth and I’m now cruising up the leg. I am considering pausing this sock and switching to the second sock to get it’s heel put in. Really lean into the tandem plan for the socks.

Happy Knitting!!

Socks At The Capital

I have been trying to get away from desk and the temperatures are finally dipping below 85.90 degrees therefore I have brought back lunchtime knitting walks. I have mapped out a 1 mile, 1.5 mile and 2 mile circuit. Most of the involve walking around the Kansas State Capital building, which is a gorgeous.

My Advent Socks #3 have progressed nicely. I am starting the toe up gusset heel on my first sock. I do occasionally have to stop walking to check my stiches or look to see if I’m ready for a increase.

I may only grab 30 or 34 minutes to myself but it really has made a difference on how fast these socks are growing. I can add several row even on a short walk! I am feeling all the mojo to get the heels done on this project.

Happy Knitting!!